Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is facing 11 games in 38 days and claims until a winter break is agreed then England's World Cup chances will be reduced. "The next five or six weeks is something I don't understand - why the rest of the world are probably on holidays next week and we have to play 250,000 games in a month and a half.

"Nobody will convince me - it's not normal. I will even give you Boxing Day - I agree it is a special day in history and everybody wants to play that day - but then take the 27th off until the middle of January.

"Then probably your national team players will get you to the World Cup in a better condition. But I'm not in charge. It doesn't matter how many times I say it - the winter break is needed and we don't take it."

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